Fast cars, melancholy looks - celebrating the allure of timeless classic lady tomboy, French singer & actress, Françoise Hardy...
Françoise Madeleine Hardy was born in Paris, France, January 17th 1944.
Her recording career began in 1962 with "Tous les garçons et les filles" which became a hit all over Europe. In 1963, she represented Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest, being placed 5th with her song "L'amour s'en va".
"Tous les garçons et les filles" reached number 36 in the UK charts in June 1964 after the release of her first songs in English. Other UK chart entries were "Et même" (31 in January 1965) and "All over the world" (16 in March 1965).
The majority of her recordings were self written, and some have been translated from her native tongue into English, Italian, Spanish and German.
Françoise appeared in the following films - "Chateau en Suède" (1963), "Une balle au coeur" (1965), "What's New Pussycat?" (1966), "Masculin-Féminin" (1966), and "Grand Prix" (1967).
During the 1960's, Françoise was photographed with many of the top music stars, including Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, as photographed here:
The stunning French model, actress, and socialite, is one of the most stunning women the world has ever seen and left a mark in history as a style icon of 1960s. Here's a few stills of Hardy on the set of John Frankenheimer's noted 1966 Formula 1 focused film "Grand Prix", starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, Antonio Sabàto, and Toshiro Mifune, with Hardy in a small supporting role. The alluring, stylish actress is like no other.
In the film, Hardy took the role of driver's girlfriend Lisa, namely the alluring Françoise Hardy. Her melancholy looks and gentle smile had already bewitched Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and on the set of Grand Prix, where she posed wearing the helmet of fellow actor James Garner, and at the wheel of a Ferrari, she likewise put the film crew under the spell of her innocent charm. She actually suffered from severe stage fright and hated being the centre of attention. From the 1970s onwards, Françoise Hardy was only rarely seen in public, although she was still very much in the public eye thanks to her fashion photoshoots for Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.